Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber has hit back at the club’s critics and defended manager Daniel Farke – despite the club being winless this season.
The Canaries appear to be a sinking ship and with a mere two points from nine games are beginning to face intense scrutiny.
But Webber has raged against the accusations that the cub are not even trying to maintain their Premier League status, with their start to the season seeing them seemingly destined for yet another relegation in their yo-yo existence.
Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber (left) has backed Daniel Farke (right) after a dire start
‘To say that we’ve accepted relegation already, it’s a disgrace,’ he told The Telegraph.
‘Either we sit here and be that nice little Norwich – or we fight back.’
Webber’s ire mainly lies in the attack launched by former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara earlier this month.
O’Hara labelled the Canaries an ’embarrassment’ and claimed it was ‘pointless’ to have them in the top-flight.
Farke’s side have yet to win any of their opening nine Premier League games and sit bottom
‘There are 20 teams in the Premier League and it’s almost getting ridiculous with Norwich. They are yet to win a game,’ O’Hara told talkSPORT
Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara slammed Norwich as an ’embarrassment’
‘I think you could drop it down to 18 teams and you get rid of the dross. Get rid of the teams who are no good, who are killing the Premier League, because it has got to such heights now.
‘These games where you’ve got Norwich getting beaten all the time, coming up and just killing the Premier League, it’s just pointless.’
‘Again they are showing they are an embarrassment to the Premier League. They’ve got one point and it’s just ridiculous.’
Frustration is building from within the club as well, as both fans and critics have slammed Norwich’s dire start to the term.
Manager Farke in particular has come under fire – he has now failed to win any of his last 19 top-flight games, including the 10 successive defeats they suffered in their previous Premier League campaign when they were relegated in 2020.
But Webber insisted the German’s four-year contract is safe, while admitting the Canaries’ results, particularly the 7-0 defeat by Chelsea, are ‘unacceptable’ and ‘diabolical’.
The Canaries were labelled an ’embarrassment’ and ‘pointless’ by ex-midfielder Jamie O’Hara
Norwich hit a new low as they conceded seven in a painful defeat to league leaders Chelsea
The sporting director also acknowledged that fans had every reason to be frustrated after watching their side concede 47 goals in their last 10 games.
But he called on supporters to ‘come together as a community’ and recognise their team needs a bit of help.
‘There’s frustration, because we think some of the criticism – that we’ve not had a go, that the manager isn’t good enough, that the players are too naive – is false,’ Webber said.
‘Everyone has given up, everyone thinks we’re down, everyone thinks we’re the worst team ever.
Norwich fans are growing frustrated after watching their team concede 47 goals in 10 games
Webber called on supporters to ‘come together as a community’ to help their team
‘What we don’t need is our own fans singing songs about how rubbish the opposition must be after five minutes.
‘Now is the moment to come together as a community.
‘This isn’t a fanbase where they start beating you up outside the ground or smashing up cars. They have been through thick and thin with this club, from Europe down to League One.
‘You can’t help but respect the fact that if you’re up in Cromer, 45 minutes from here, you’ll see so many people in Norwich shirts.
The sporting director claimed that the fanbase have been with them through thick and thin
‘But at times, I believe you’ve got to recognise when your team needs a bit of help.’
Webber insisted that the club had heavily invested in their infrastructure and claimed they have managed to attract players, such as former Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak, that they wouldn’t have been able to two or three years ago.
He also claimed this Premier League campaign is different to their previous ones because this time they are ‘having a go’ by bringing together a squad of internationals.
Webber admitted he is aware he could be sacked tomorrow with his job hanging by a thread but has said he takes comfort in knowing that whoever is ‘in this chair in 20 years’ time will see the benefits of the club’s current long-term plans.